ALIEN #9: Seahorse adrift on a blade of seagrass – likely Hippocampus erectus, but classification unsure.
Adrift and alone – it seems like a nightmare for us humans, but is this a perfectly content seahorse? Very likely! After all, there’s abundant planktonic food all around in the form of <1mm amphipods & copepods, and it’s getting to see the world. Would it be more successful if it’s blade of grass eventually got pushed together with a 2-mile stretch of floating sargassum? Maybe… Or maybe this is a young warrior seahorse leaving the village to spend a winter in isolation, testing himself, living off the land, and returning a man…..(or maybe I’ve been watching too much Vikings and 300)